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Care Sheet for Burmese Pythons

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.57    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 01/19/2005

Main Category:

Snakes

Sub Category:

Burmese Pythons

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Freyjaash

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Burmese Python

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Male has larger head and wider at base of tail

Mostly Active During:

Both

Substrate and Water Needs:

Indoor/outdoor carpeting can often provide an excellent substrate that is easy to clean and disinfect. Linoleum is also another excellent alternative. If the Burmese python is kept on wood shavings it is recommended to not feed it on that substrate as accidental ingestion of shavings can lead to intestinal blockages.

Lighting and UVB:

A 10 to 12 hour photo-period can be produced using a standard incandescent bulb. Using incandescent heat bulbs or ceramic emitters can produce basking spots. Using under the tank heating pads can raise ambient temperature of the enclosure if necessary. Hot rocks should never be used under any circumstance since they can result in burns to animal.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Burmese pythons come from the tropical rain forests and need a fair amount of humidity. Too much humidity can lead to bacterial infections while too low of humidity may cause problems when shedding.

Heating and Equipment:

Daytime temperatures should be maintained at 85� to 90� F with a basking temperature of 90� to 93� F. Nighttime temperatures should be maintained at 75� to 80� F.

Caging Provided:

I may self, have built a 10x5x5 tank, that sits in my living room, i has 3 hole cut in the top for the lamps, with 1/2 in wire mesh separating it from the snake. I have used Linoleum for a substrate, and it works wonderfully, i spot clean it everyday, and clean the whole thing at least once a month.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Hatchling Burmese pythons can eat a small adult mouse as their first meal. As the snake becomes larger, larger prey items should be offered. Adults will require adult rabbits. Young snakes can be fed one to two times per week. Adults should be fed less often in order to prevent obesity. It is recommended to use thawed previously killed frozen prey. The freezing process kills most parasites and eliminates the risk of injury to the snake by the prey.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

None

Maintenance:

A lot, plan on spot cleaning the cage everyday, and fully cleaning the cage once a month, feeding cost $150 or more, electric bill through the roof! and the possibility that it might want you for dinner, if not tamed!

Some Words on this Species:

This is not a good pet for people that just want to look cool in front of their friends. THIS IS NOT AN EGO PET! I have many of times thought of selling him or giving him away, but he is my best friend, and we have been through a lot together, even know he eats me out of house and home(almost $150 a month) and once constricted around me at the point i passed out, i love him and he is good pet!
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